(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)
(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)
SW SCORE: 41
4.1 out of 5 🐙
Just a year after Dustin Hoffman’s excellent portrayal of an autistic savant, Daniel Day-Lewis takes on the role of another person with a serious disability. Both stories gave their protagonists serious challenges but did not reduce them to caricatures. It does help that the lead actors were masters of their craft. DDL is supposed to be a method actor so I have to wonder how he followed that style of acting for this film. Did he physically restrict himself to Christy Brown’s real-life limitations? The answer is yes. He did. I’d like to say that’s excessive but who can argue with the results? It’s not like the guy is the greatest male actor of our generation.
The story? It’s inspiring. What Brown did with one appendage is more than most people do with four. And to do this in a time where people with severe disabilities were treated far, far worse than they are today (not that their treatment is ideal today) is remarkable. It will make you feel bad about your excuses. At least for a little while.
(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.
(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)
(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so
(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)